Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. ROIC has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with ROIC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ROIC to other stocks including Simpson Manufacturing Co, Inc. (NYSE:SSD), Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:ARLP), and Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s view the fresh action regarding Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC).
What does the smart money think about Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 20% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, holds the biggest position in Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC). AEW Capital Management has a $37.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $26.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish contain J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Daniel Beltzman and Gergory Smith’s Birch Run Capital.